Smoothest swing you've seen live?

HankshankHankshank Members Posts: 1,651 ✭✭
edited Aug 16, 2018 in Tour Talk #1
I do normally see the Scandinavian European Tour event when it comes to the Stockholm area. This year it does not do that unfortunately, but I have told the guys in the Gothenburg area to go see Raphael Jacquelin if they actually go to the course, he will be on the tournament this year. Jacquelins swing looks smooth on TV, but seeing it live is by far the most enjoyable swing I have seen live. Totally effortless but when you're there you see the power that casual movement produces. A pornographic type of experience to see that guy swing a golf club.



Your experiences of really smooth swings on course?
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  • s1mZs1mZ Members Posts: 92 ✭✭
    There's too many. But from my experience watching the co-sanctioned events here in South Africa - Rory, Jordan Smith & Big Easy Ernie.



    I followed all 3 when they came for the SA Open about 3 years ago. Jordan Smith is smooth as silk!
  • oz dee ceeoz dee cee Members Posts: 494 ✭✭
    Frank Nobilo and Fred Couples. Weirdly very different! 😆
  • MarkFromTheUKMarkFromTheUK Members Posts: 4,639 ✭✭
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  • ChillyDipperChillyDipper Members Posts: 1,044 ✭✭
    Saw Carlos Romero hit a butter cut drive on a long par 4 around a corner, after having teed his ball 1/2" off the ground. It was then that I knew I would never be a pro.
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  • iBanestoiBanesto Niclas Fasth Members Posts: 4,482 ✭✭
    Hankshank wrote:


    I do normally see the Scandinavian European Tour event when it comes to the Stockholm area. This year it does not do that unfortunately, but I have told the guys in the Gothenburg area to go see Raphael Jacquelin if they actually go to the course, he will be on the tournament this year. Jacquelins swing looks smooth on TV, but seeing it live is by far the most enjoyable swing I have seen live. Totally effortless but when you're there you see the power that casual movement produces. A pornographic type of experience to see that guy swing a golf club.



    Your experiences of really smooth swings on course?




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    Repeated driver swings of Raphael Jacquelin.



    So smooth!
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  • mocokidmocokid Members Posts: 1,827 ✭✭
    edited Aug 16, 2018 #8
    Al Geiberger, by a mile. Nuff said.



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    Geez what was I thinking of>>>SNEAD by far. Remember him at Westchester, like the breeze blowing through the trees.
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  • cwglumcwglum Members Posts: 1,568 ✭✭
    Have to echo, nearly every tour pro in person. They all look effortless.
  • stu_manstu_man Members Posts: 555 ✭✭
    Charl Scwartzel... It will stop you in your tracks when you see it down the line on the range.
  • EKELLYEKELLY Members Posts: 2,593 ✭✭
    I played with Couples years ago , in his prime. He looked like he wasn't even swinging hard, until the last split second through impact. Absolutely destroyed it with a driver.
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    Freddie and Ernie.

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    Either my shadow, or Tom Purtzer's (his swing, not his shadow). I've only been to one event, though.
  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members Posts: 7,066 ✭✭


    Either my shadow, or Tom Purtzer's (his swing, not his shadow). I've only been to one event, though.




    Tom Purtzer .....
  • burns9304burns9304 Members Posts: 344 ✭✭
    stu_man wrote:


    Charl Scwartzel... It will stop you in your tracks when you see it down the line on the range.


    Have to agree. Saw him on the range at the Colonial a few years back and have never seen such consistent results. He hit 30+ drives in a row that looked identical.
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  • tcbrewbatcbrewba Members Posts: 42
    I saw Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel, and Louis Oosthuizen playing together in a practice round before the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst #2. Those were the 3 smoothest swings I've ever seen in the same group. Their 4th that day was Erik Compton, who went on to finish 2nd.
  • Lagavulin62Lagavulin62 Members Posts: 2,229 ✭✭
    Ernie and Vijay. Followed them in a group one Friday at Hou. They both lazily make their way with what seems no care in the world. Nice easy swing, ball goes a mile.
  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members Posts: 7,497 ✭✭
    Cantlay and Oosthuizen probably top 2 so far, although Rose also has a very nice tempo.
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  • 15th Club15th Club Members Posts: 1,741 ✭✭
    There are going to be a lot of wonderful answers to this question. Good answers, featuring some of golf's most beautiful, admirable swings. You see it in the responses already posted.



    But with all due respect, I think that anyone on this board now, who is barely old enough to have seen Sam Snead play at a time when he was not yet well into his sixties; that is the one, pure, shining example. If you aren't old enough to have seen that, then sincere congratulations on your youth and more power to you. For anyone old enough (born, say, before 1960; maybe a bit earlier since Sam turned 60 in 1972) I have the feeling that "Sam Snead" is the almost-universal answer to this question, even for folks who were (rightful) admirers of Hogan, Nelson, Gardner Dickinson, Al Geiberger, Tom Weiskopf, and even the great Bobby Jones. Snead is the smoothest, most perfectly rhythmic swing I have ever seen and there's almost no second place.
  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members Posts: 4,994 ✭✭
    The thing that always gets me when I attended at Pro events is just how efficient their swings are.



    They are no parts moving which don't need to be. So whilst they might be swinging at 120mph, it just doesn't look like that even on the guys with a really quick tempo.
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers Posts: 12,243 ✭✭
    Freddie for me personally. Swinging 117-120 looking like 100



    Simplicity and monotony .... Moe Norman by a long shot



    Aesthetics - Johnny Miller. Watched him a lot at the Canadian Open and got a lesson from him in the late 90's
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  • disco111disco111 Members Posts: 1,035 ✭✭
    I'd have to go with Julius Boros ........................
  • gioguy21gioguy21 NJMembers Posts: 7,714 ✭✭
    louis ooh in person. just, beautiful.

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  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members Posts: 7,497 ✭✭
    gioguy21 wrote:


    louis ooh in person. just, beautiful.


    Saw him tee off on 1 and 9 at the US Open. Straightest balls I've ever seen hit... looked like 10% effort, ball went forever.
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  • Dave230Dave230 Members Posts: 3,798 ✭✭
    There's only one Ernie. Looks like he's trying to lay up then it goes 300 yards.
  • mankumanku Members Posts: 759 ✭✭
    Freddie...came out to my home course at the time (Bellport CC) for "Fred Couples Day"...apparently he was friends with the new pro...this was 1989 or 1990 I believe. Followed him for the front 10 (not sure if he played more), but the power and ease were mindblowing.



    Plus he landed on the first fairway in a chopper...which was pretty cool!
  • dlygrissedlygrisse KansasMembers Posts: 13,311 ✭✭
    SwooshLT wrote:



    Either my shadow, or Tom Purtzer's (his swing, not his shadow). I've only been to one event, though.




    Tom Purtzer .....
    He might be the smoothest swing I have ever seen on TV.



    Snead in his prime, but I never saw him.



    MacOGrady.



    Smoothest doesn't always mean the best, but they are certainly the most pleasing to the eye. Kind of like a great dancer, or gymnast. Smooth, athletic, with great timing and rhythm. It helps if the person is tall, athletic, good looking and graceful by nature. Lee Trevino for example doesn't look pretty, nor did Hogan, or Jack, they were just good.

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  • NevinWNevinW Las VegasClubWRX Posts: 1,117 ClubWRX
    15th Club wrote:
    There are going to be a lot of wonderful answers to this question. Good answers, featuring some of golf's most beautiful, admirable swings. You see it in the responses already posted. But with all due respect, I think that anyone on this board now, who is barely old enough to have seen Sam Snead play at a time when he was not yet well into his sixties; that is the one, pure, shining example. If you aren't old enough to have seen that, then sincere congratulations on your youth and more power to you. For anyone old enough (born, say, before 1960; maybe a bit earlier since Sam turned 60 in 1972) I have the feeling that "Sam Snead" is the almost-universal answer to this question, even for folks who were (rightful) admirers of Hogan, Nelson, Gardner Dickinson, Al Geiberger, Tom Weiskopf, and even the great Bobby Jones. Snead is the smoothest, most perfectly rhythmic swing I have ever seen and there's almost no second place.




    I second this. I saw Sam Snead in the late 1960's when I was a child and even now I remember how smooth it was. I saw him again hitting balls at an exhibition when he was was into his 80's and it was still very impressive.
  • redfirebird08redfirebird08 Members Posts: 7,948 ✭✭
    I would say Ernie Els, Fred Couples, and Trevor Immelman at Houston Open a number of years ago.
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